Intention was to build a compact flexible gaming rig for the kids, with the legs and expansion potential to last a few years. At 50% memory in half the slots, for expansion later, processor has room to be replaced if needs be, and plenty of room for a video card down the line.
WIFI MOBO will allow for later relocation of computers anywhere in the house independent of Ethernet wiring. Case allowed for a compact form factor which fit into the shelves of old computer desks which were originally intended for books and binders.
Stock cooler managed to handle stress testing in and out of the case during burn-in. Not rigged or intended for overclocking.
Reversed the case fan near the CPU to help exhaust warm air from the case. Front and GPU fans pull in for some overpressure, and PSU is isolated, pulling from top, and exhausting directly out the back.
|CPU||Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core||$106.99||SuperBiiz|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-H87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150|
|Memory||Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600||$105.06||Amazon|
|Storage||Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$49.99||SuperBiiz|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked||$129.99||Newegg|
|Case||Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower||$42.99||SuperBiiz|
|Power Supply||Cooler Master 450W ATX12V||$121.00||Amazon|
|Optical Drive||Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer||$14.98||OutletPC|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit)||$89.98||OutletPC|
|Keyboard||Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle w/Optical Mouse||$28.99||SuperBiiz|
|Date Published||May 29, 2014|
|Date Built||May 9, 2014|